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Special Economic Zones
Working Paper
Learning from experience: Special Economic Zones in Southern Africa

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have become common across Southern Africa in the past 20 years. In line with experiences in the rest of the world, they have had at best marginal success...

Special Economic Zones Southern Africa Industrialization
Policy seminar
Linkages between Special Economic Zone investments and the local economy
19 June 2021
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Past event
Working Paper
Firm and product survival analysis: Evidence from South African tax administrative and products data

Enterprise development, especially expansion into export markets, is essential to create employment and unlock growth potential in many economies, including in sub-Saharan Africa...

Enterprises Survival analysis Firm performance
Research Brief
Special economic zones in Zambia and South Africa: Blueprint, experiences, and outcomes

East Asia’s successful experience in accelerating the process of industrial development with SEZs paved way for the use of SEZs as policy instruments in Africa...

Special Economic Zones Agglomeration Industrialization
Working Paper
Special economic zones and transnational zones as tools for Southern Africa’s growth: Lessons from international best practices

The paper evaluates strategies for developing successful special economic zones and transnational zones for Southern African countries to spur growth and employment...

Special Economic Zones Spatial industrial policy Growth
Working Paper
Special economic zones in Southern Africa: white elephants or latent drivers of growth and employment?: The case of Zambia and South Africa

The successful use of special economic zones as economic tools for export-led industrial development in East Asia propelled a wave of similar initiatives across Africa...

Special Economic Zones Agglomeration Industrialization
Research Brief
Solutions for designing better special economic zones programmes in Africa

Special economic zones (SEZ) in Africa are generally regarded as underperforming relative to their peers in the rest of the world...

Design attributes Implementation Infrastructure
Working Paper
Special economic zones in Southern Africa: Is success influenced by design attributes?

Special economic zones (SEZs) in Africa are generally regarded as underperforming relative to their peers in the rest of the world. This study focuses on the design features of the SEZ in Africa that may help explain this underperformance...

Design attributes Implementation Infrastructure
Working Paper
Industrial clusters: The case for Special Economic Zones in Africa

Firms tend to cluster in close geographic proximity to each other to benefit from reduced transport costs, shared inputs, and productivity spillovers due to learning and technology transfers...

Agglomeration Special Economic Zones Spatial industrial policy
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